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Analysis: Episode 11 – Season 2

Analysis: Episode 11 – Season 2
Analysis: A Westworld Podcast

 
 
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This week Jordan and Jeremy discuss their feelings on Westworld Season 2 as a whole. Unfortunately, it doesn’t end up being all that positive. The big reveals ended up being predictable and the setup for Season 3 is just… not promising. They’ve let Westworld become a world with no rules.

This will also be the final episode of Analysis: A Westworld Podcast. We had talked about doing Season 1 or the movie, but there’s just nothing left to talk about. Better to end it than force it.

Thanks for listening!

Maybe in a few years when season 3 happens…

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Jeremy Monken
Jordan Baranowski

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Analysis: Episode 10 – The Passenger

This week Jordan and Jeremy discuss Westworld S2E9, The Passenger. In recapping this bonus-sized episode of westworld, we actually decided we’ll be splitting it into a 2-parter. This is the first Wild Speculation Corner-free episode of Analysis.

We discuss people as books, the Forge, hints of The Matrix, bad special effects, Bernard’s weird brain, Hale 2’s ball bag, and The Passenger’s post-credits BONUS SCENE (That Jeremy totally forgot to watch).

Apologies for some sound quality issues. Jordan needs a screen for his mic and hits his Ps pretty hard through the whole episode (Which I did not try to edit out because it would take forever).

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Analysis: Episode 10 – The Passenger

Analysis: Episode 9 – Vanishing Point

Well, there had to eventually be a worst episode of Westworld and I think we found it, folks. Lame writing, sloppy acting, extremely forced “WHO’S A HOST” drama. After the powerhouse that was Episode 8, Episode 9 Vanishing Point was a real letdown.

We talk through the pathetic loser that is The Man in Black, bad drunk acting, Clem the Zombie Queen, secret hats, suicide, and what might be Westworld’s Red Wedding moment.

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Jordan Baranowski

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Analysis: Episode 9 – Vanishing Point

Analysis: Episode 8 – Kiksuya

This week, Jordan and Jeremy discuss Westworld Season 2, Episode 8 Kiksuya, a beautiful side-story and pseudo recap spanning seasons 1 and 2.

We talk through the newest glance at The Valley Beyond, the visual effects that make Akecheta such a compelling figure on screen, and the real motive of The Man in Black’s daughter, Grace.

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Analysis: Episode 8 – Kiksuya

Analysis: Episode 7 – Les Escorches

This week, Jordan and Jeremy discuss Westworld Season 2, Episode 7 Les Escorches and the slowly unveiling master plans of both Hale and Ford.

We talk through the ramifications of the cradle’s destruction, the ever-shifting timelines, and the shark-jumpy campiness of this whole episode. In wild speculation corner, we guess at what happened to Ford’s digital ghost and what really lies within the Valley Beyond.

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Jeremy Monken
Jordan Baranowski

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Jeremy Monken

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Derreck Mayer

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Analysis: Episode 6 – Phase Space

This week, Jordan and Jeremy discuss Westworld Season 2, Episode 6 Phase Space and the mystery of the cradle!

Okay, so there isn’t much mystery because they totally tell us what the cradle is in this episode, but we still discuss the hell out of it.

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Jeremy Monken
Jordan Baranowski

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Jeremy Monken

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Derreck Mayer

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Analysis: Episode 6 – Phase Space

Analysis: Episode 5 – Akane no Mai

Two lines from this week’s Westworld episode, Akane no Mai sum up the episode far more than we ever could:

“Welcome to Shogun World.”

“SHIT! NINJAS!”

There wasn’t much mystery to discuss with this episode, we spend most of the episode on a fun side mission through Shogun World where Maeve discovers a “new voice.” This week, we talk about lazy writing, the secret of the flood hosts, and the true characters of Maeve and Dolores and where they will end up by the end of the season.

In Wild Speculation Corner, we ask… can hosts get pregnant?

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Jeremy Monken
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Analysis: Episode 4 – The Riddle of the Sphinx

This week on Analysis, Jordan sighs heavily through the entire back half of the episode, haunted by all the mysteries of Westworld. We discuss S2E4, The Riddle of the Sphinx, and the Sisyphean hellscape that is the digital afterlife of James Delos.

Who’s in the red marble? What is William’s daughter’s objective? How do the timelines really connect? Where did Abernathy’s photo come from? Who’s really in control of Bernard? Is Ellie a host? Damn you, Westworld, and your captivating mysteries!

In Wild Speculation Corner, Jeremy throws out the idea that all the hosts are based on real people, given a looped timeline and clear parameters and goals to keep them from destabilizing.

Also, we get some barks from Jordan’s pup, Oliver.

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Jeremy Monken

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Analysis: Episode 4 – The Riddle of the Sphinx

Analysis: Episode 3 – Virtù e Fortuna

This week, honestly, we’re almost too excited by the possibilities of the coming episodes of Westworld to wildly speculate upon them. I mean we do, obvs, but there’s some mild hesitation.

What is stuck in Abernathy’s head? What does Virtù e Fortuna mean? Are the hosts all breaking down? Will we see pirates? We’re going to see pirates. There have to be pirates. Also, everyone’s favorite park… India World?

We dive back into the idea of what parallels the Westworld hosts have to Skyrim NPCs and we discuss what type of NPC Dolores would have been.

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Jeremy Monken
Jordan Baranowski

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Jeremy Monken

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Analysis: Episode 3 – Virtù e Fortuna

Analysis: A Westworld Podcast – Episode 2

Jordan and Jeremy are back to discuss another episode of Westworld Season 2, this week it’s episode 2: Reunion. William has a secret. Dolores knows that secret. Which of them will reach the promised land first and either stop Westworld for good or release the Pandora’s Box of robot cowboys on an unsuspecting world?

A big topic this week is the end of a Westworld host’s narrative and how it parallels our experiences with open role-playing video games like Fallout or Skyrim.

In our now wildly successful recurring feature, Wild Speculation Corner, we ask the real question that needs asked: Is Ford some kind of crazy space man?

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Jeremy Monken
Jordan Baranowski

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Jeremy Monken

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Derreck Mayer

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Analysis: A Westworld Podcast – Episode 2

Analysis: A Westworld Podcast – Episode 1

Welcome to Westworld! Everyone’s favorite robot amusement park show is back for season 2 on HBO. The violent delights are starting back up and we’re here to talk about them. Your hosts Jeremy and Jordan break down the episodes, tie in robot revelations to previous episodes or speculate wildly on what it all means.

This week, we’re talking about Journey Into Night. What is Dolores becoming? What is happening to Bernard? Where is Maeve going? What is Teddy’s fate?

This is a limited series, so there will only be as many episodes as episodes of Westworld.

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Jeremy Monken
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Jeremy Monken

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Analysis: A Westworld Podcast – Episode 1

A Case of Distrust Review

As soon as you enter the stylish, monochrome world of A Case of Distrust, you can immediately feel the mood this game is trying to set. It’s the 1920s, you’re a down on your luck gumshoe with a troubled past, a former cop who interacts with the seedy underbelly. There’s a lot of fun and winky nostalgia as you talk very seriously to your cat as you lament your empty fridge in the game’s clever tutorial phase.

The game has virtually no user interface. The only persistent element on the screen is a small tab in the corner that allows you to review your notes. It’s a great touch and lets you entirely focus on the story being told through the game’s text blocks and static images.

Case of Mistrust

There are three ways to interact with A Case of Distrust. There are large scenes with objects you can click on that will give you clues or flavor text, there are conversations where you can pick from multiple dialog options, or there is the “Show Notes” interface where you can press for more info or contradict someone’s story by presenting something from your detective’s notebook.

For anyone that’s played L.A. Noire or Ace Attorney or any number of detective games, this will all seem very similar. That’s really the problem with A Case of Distrust, though. The more I played, the more things felt familiar. Not a new take on an existing genre or a nostalgic look at a foregone period, but a tedious attempt to capture the feeling of something else while doing none of the work.

Case of Mistrust

The art for the still images is crisp and stylish and the writing is a fun homage to detective writers like Dashiel Hammett or Raymond Chandler, but when all is said and done you’re basically paying $15 to read a short choose-your-own adventure detective story with pictures. Your notebook fills up with red herrings as you try and press the game’s few characters for information, all of which return stock responses. Progression is linear, there is no fail state.

The game is cute and interesting, but it never quite justifies it’s price tag. The main character’s backstory is a fascinating look at a female cop in the 20s, but you never feel like you get a strong sense of who she is under the layers of PI tropes. Going from place to place can trigger a neat little conversation with a cab driver, but it never amounts to anything. It’s like an informational loading screen when nothing is loading and the information isn’t germane to the game being played.

A Cast of Distrust would be a great game for anyone looking for an introduction to the detective/noir genre in either novel or game form, but it might be a little too familiar for anyone who’s spent some time with Phoenix Wright or Humphrey Bogart.

A Case of Distrust Review